Watching her own teammates turn against her hurt, but not as much as the punch that found Tiffany's face a few days later in the school cafeteria.
Or the time her mom remembers when "they stopped Tiffany in the hallway and a group of girls crowded around her. They chased her down the hallway and started slamming her head into the locker."
"It was really, really bad, and she was scared for her life."
DeAnn Cooks says she wrote a letter to the school and spoke in person with one administrator about her daughter's torment. "This fight happened in the middle of the hallway, in the middle of the day. The only thing that broke the fight up were some seniors that were standing around and finally got tired of watching the fight. And it was posted on YouTube."
Tiffany wrote a letter, too. It contained a much different message.
"I wrote a letter to my dean at school, I kind of felt like I couldn't go on in life. I couldn't make it. I didn't know who else to turn to, like I felt like nobody was 'there' at the school. I wrote her a letter and told her it was almost like I wanted to commit suicide."
A Lasting Image
Bake sales. Delivering food for the homeless. Shoe drives, youth groups and the church choir. Tiffany has a deep connection with her family and the community church they built. These activities are what have filled her days "since birth," her dad says with a laugh. Her mom adds simply, "We're Christian people."
The teenager talks easily about her home life, and her grandparents come up almost as often as her parents in the anecdotes she shares. The importance of her family is clear -- in an encouraging and respectful sort of manner we sometimes disqualify teens from needing to possess. It's the kind of upbringing and supportive family that parents hope perfectly outfits their children to withstand as much of the pain the world is capable of inflicting as possible. Tiffany had those advantages.
So it took a lot for her to go from there to here.
Of course it also took very little; just that single photo.
Thoughts of suicide? As soon as DeAnn found out, she arranged counseling for her daughter at their church, where her grandparents are both pastors. Tiffany also turned to familiar allies for help. "It was easier to lean on Jesus and go back and talk to (my family) about the importance to stay in school and to make it."
But it's tough to move past the pain when the sticky nature of the Internet won't let it go away. The photo resurfaced during Thanksgiving break, Tiffany says, "because when you're on break, you have nothing to do but get on social sites and talk."
This reminder of the inescapable fact that The Internet Is Forever left Tiffany's parents feeling "totally powerless," as her father put it. "As a parent you don't know what to do, don't know where to turn, you're totally helpless."
Tiffany's family eventually decided to turn to the courts. They sued Twitter for negligence at the end of 2012, alleging it failed to "reasonably monitor and remove the photograph" of their daughter. They also filed lawsuits at that time against Tulsa Independent School District No. 1, as well as two students and their parents.
The Cooks' petition against the district claims they did not "reasonably respond to her complaints of bullying and verbal and physical assaults" and did not "reasonably protect (Tiffany) from being photographed while undressing at a school sponsored event." The family seeks $75,000 for "medical expenses, mental and physical pain and suffering, emotional distress and other actual damages."
The school district denied every allegation as well as any liability in documents filed to Tulsa County Court. Attorneys for Tulsa Public Schools noted that the locker room incident was "appropriately addressed by the School District" after the complaint was made. Multiple calls made by HLN to the attorneys representing the district were not returned.
The Cooks accused the two students of intentional infliction of emotional distress, civil assault, civil battery and invasion of privacy. The families of both students have denied all of the accusations, according to documents submitted to the court. Attorney Mark Smiling represents one of the students' families and declined to comment on the case to HLN other than to say he doesn't expect it to be heard until next spring.
While those cases are still pending, the Cooks' claim against Twitter was dropped on May 6.
Of course by then, the photo of Tiffany in her underwear had migrated onto Instagram, amplifying the social reach of an incident she was hoping would just fade away already.
"Had it just stayed in the locker room or whatever, then of course that's a horrific thing to deal with. But they would have dealt with it just within the team," DeAnn begins, outlining the difference between teenage traumas in the pre-Internet age versus now.
"At this point, when it's on Twitter, she's getting information from the whole entire school asking her about it. And not just her whole entire school, other children from all over Tulsa are calling her and telling her about her picture. People from other school districts are calling her to tell her that the picture is on there. So it's just everywhere she turns, someone is saying something about it."
"She dreams of becoming a sports journalist, so something like this has her very concerned about her future as well," her father says. He fears the photo and its fallout will follow his daughter throughout her life.
The fallout on Tiffany's basketball team was more immediate -- and decisive. The victim who came to be seen as the instigator was effectively shut out the following 2012-2013 season by her teammates. "My coach doesn't really say much to me" either, she points out.
"They don't like the snitch game. They don't like people ratting out their friends and on the team. They try to manipulate me and pick on me with certain things. They might not put me on their team. It's just a lot different," Tiffany says, trailing off.